CFP:"Something imagined, not recalled?": Revisiting the Confessional Poets (NeMLA, 3/15-18, 2012; Abstracts due Sept. 30, 2011)

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"Something imagined, not recalled?": Revisiting the Confessional Poets

Roughly fifty years stand between scholars and the publications which form the core of what M.L. Rosenthal dubbed "confessional" poetry. This panel will revisit the work of these mid-twentieth-century poets, with an eye toward assessing how they are currently read and taught, and how they fit into various literary movements and trends of the twentieth century. In addition, this panel will explore the extent to which the influence of these authors is evident in contemporary poetry, and how we might revisit their works through fresh or perhaps unexpected critical lenses. Abstracts (300-500 words) to Colin Clarke at by September 30th, 2011.

Deadline: September 30, 2011
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43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
Keynote speaker: Jennifer Egan, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, A Visit from the Goon Squad

The 43rd annual convention will be held March 15-18th in Rochester, New York at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown, located minutes away from convenient air, bus, and train transportation options for attendees. St. John Fisher College will serve as the host college, and the diverse array of area institutions are coordinating with conference organizers to sponsor various activities, such as celebrated keynote speakers, local events, and fiction readings.

Building upon the excellence of past NeMLA conferences, the association continues to grow as a vibrant community of scholars, thanks to the wide array of intellectual and cultural opportunities at every venue. Compact yet diverse, Rochester also boasts important historical connections; it is the site of the home, publication operations, and orations of Frederick Douglass, where he edited the North Star, as well as his eponymous periodical, and delivered the speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?". Visitors can explore the houses of abolitionist, suffragette, and reformer Susan B. Anthony and the inventor of devices popularizing photography, George Eastman, as well as shopping and eateries; attendees will also be within reach of the beautiful Finger Lakes region, known for its local wineries.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.